Fury over damage to Axminster house

AN AXMINSTER man is fuming after his property was hit for the third time in recent months.

AN AXMINSTER man is fuming after his property was hit for the third time in recent months.

Nigel Collings, of KC Joinery, in Lyme Street, said his guttering has been damaged on two separate occasions by a double-decker bus, and also by a lorry, costing around �150.

He said he confronted a driver last week when he spotted him misjudge the camber in the road and knock into his building.

He said: "It makes me feel gutted. It's the third time it's happened. I have been here for 14 years and this is the worst bout there's ever been in that time.

"The parts I have from my guttering come from Weymouth. It costs me time and money. It's just an inconvenience.

"I like to try to keep my building up to scratch and wish it would stop. I know I live in a narrow street but I shouldn't have to put up with my building getting knocked."

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The bus involved is the Service 31, Weymouth to Axminster, operated by First Hampshire and Dorset.

First bus company confirmed they had two incidents on file - from February 15 this year, and September 23, last year.

A spokesman for the company said: "We would like to offer our sincere apologies to Mr Collings for the damage that has been caused to his property - this is deeply regrettable.

"Our insurance team is currently dealing with the matter and will contact him in due course.

"In the meantime, our local team will be reassessing the route with a view to ensuring that a similar incident does not occur again."

PC Darren Herridge said: "I have spoken to the bus company and asked them to advise their drivers to take more care when driving on the narrow stretch of Lyme Street and to take into consideration the camber on the road."

He added that any motorist aware of causing damage should stop and exchange details as they would do in an accident.